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An adult testifying in court in a criminal case cannot bring an emotional support animal to the stand.  The Michigan Court of Appeals made that ruling in a decision released Friday.

A woman filed a rape complaint against a male acquaintance who disputed her version of events. When the trial came, a judge allowed a support dog and a handler holding a leash to be with her when she testified. That was over the objection of the defense.

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The Michigan appeals court says teachers and other school employees can quit a union at any time, not just one month a year.

In a 3-0 decision, the court says it's following Michigan's right-to-work law, which says workers can't be forced to support a union to keep their job.

The court says restricting union resignations to August clashes with the Legislature's goal of giving employees more choices.

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The Michigan appeals court says the state's medical marijuana law protects people who are accused of illegally transporting pot. In a 2-1 decision, the court threw out the misdemeanor conviction of a man in Clinton County, north of Lansing.

Callen Latz is a registered medical marijuana user. But he was charged in 2014 with violating a law that requires pot to be stored in a case in the trunk of a vehicle or in a spot that's not easily accessible.

The marijuana transportation law was signed in 2012, four years after voters approved medical marijuana for certain illnesses.

HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has overturned a decision that granted benefits to the wife of a sheriff's deputy who died in a motorcycle crash after spending hours with a mistress. There's no dispute that Christopher Yonkers was not working as a Barry County deputy shortly before the 2008 crash. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards denied benefits to Yonkers' widow.